noun Etymology: Middle English holihoc marshmallow, from holi holy + hoc mallow, from Old English Date: 1548 a tall widely cultivated biennial or perennial herb (Alcea rosea syn. Althaea rosea) of the mallow family that has large coarse rounded leaves and tall spikes of showy flowers and that is probably of Asian origin

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  • Hollyhock — Hol ly*hock, n. [OE. holihoc; holi holy + hoc mallow, AS. hoc; cf. W. hocys mallows, hocys bendigaid hollyhock, lit., blessed mallow. Prob. so named because brought from the Holy Land. See {Holy}.] (Bot.) A species of {Alth[ae]a} ({Alth[ae]a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hollyhock — mid 13c., holihoc, from holi holy (see HOLY (Cf. holy)) + hokke mallow, from O.E. hocc, of unknown origin. Another early name for the plant was caulis Sancti Cuthberti St. Cuthbert s cole …   Etymology dictionary

  • hollyhock — ► NOUN ▪ a tall plant of the mallow family, with large showy flowers. ORIGIN from HOLY(Cf. ↑holy) + obsolete hock «mallow» …   English terms dictionary

  • hollyhock — [häl′ē häk΄] n. [ME holihoc, lit., holy hock < OE halig, holy + hoc, mallow] 1. a tall, usually biennial plant (Alcea rosea) of the mallow family, with palmately lobed leaves, a hairy stem, and large, showy flowers of various colors in… …   English World dictionary

  • hollyhock — UK [ˈhɒlɪˌhɒk] / US [ˈhɑlɪˌhɑk] noun [countable] Word forms hollyhock : singular hollyhock plural hollyhocks a plant with tall stems and several large flowers on each stem …   English dictionary

  • hollyhock — /hol ee hok , hawk /, n. any of several plants belonging to the genus Alcea (or Althaea), of the mallow family, native to Eurasia, esp. A. rosea, a tall plant having a long cluster of showy, variously colored flowers. [1225 75; ME holihoc, equiv …   Universalium

  • hollyhock —   Halehaka.    ♦ Double form of hollyhock, halehaka pupupu …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • hollyhock — aukštoji piliarožė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Dedešvinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Alcea rosea). atitikmenys: lot. Alcea rosea angl. garden mallow; holly hock; hollyhock; rose mallow vok. roter Eibisch; Stockmalve;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • hollyhock — noun Any of several flowering plants of the genus Alcea in the Malvaceae family …   Wiktionary

  • hollyhock — hol|ly|hock [ˈhɔlihɔk US ˈha:liha:k] n [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: holy + hock type of plant (11 17 centuries) (from Old English hoc)] a tall thin garden plant with many flowers growing together …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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